Category Archives: 09mi

9 miles, 9 years

Start time: 4/30/2016, 7:07 am
Location: National Mall, Capitol Hill
Distance: 9 miles
Average pace: 10:08 min/mile
Total Miles For April: 72 miles
Total Miles For 2016: 320 miles
Current Shoes: 446 miles

Rounded out the month with a 9-miler with John, Jerry, and Armand. Originally was shooting for 10 but was definitely dragging a bit; since John and Jerry were running a little less I decided that discretion and companionship was the better part of valor. (Also, through sheer coincidence, today marks 9 years with Charlie. Didn’t plan that, honest!)


Start time: 11/7/2015, 7:07 am
Location: Mt. Vernon Trail, National Mall
Distance: 9 miles
Average pace: 10:26 min/mile
Total Miles For November: 22 miles
Total Miles For 2015: 705 miles
Current Shoes: 398 miles

Had a few issues so this one got cut a little short, alas.

Cherry Blossom-palooza

Start time: 4/11/2015, 7:10 am
Location: Southwest Waterfront, Tidal Basin, Mount Vernon Trail,  LBJ Park, Rock Creek Park
Distance: 9.3 miles
Average pace: 10:40 min/mile
Total Miles For April: 30 miles
Total Miles For 2015: 157 miles
Current Shoes: 251 miles

We ran our annual pilgrimage to the Tidal Basin on Saturday to see the Cherry Blossoms; had to start in Southwest DC because the Cherry Blossom Parade had taken over the Mall. Add in a detour through LBJ Park and it was a scenic (if slow in places due to crowds) run.

The Hills Are Alive

Start time: 8/9/2014, 7:00am
Location: Takoma, Brightwood, Brookland
Distance: 9 miles
Average pace: 10:32 min/mile
Total Miles For August: 25 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 490 miles
Current Shoes: 47 miles

The plan was for a 12-miler with Armand, Stephanie, and Steve, but we ended up cutting it short at 9 miles. Very hilly route (my fault!) but on the bright side we did get to run past the Franciscan Monastery, finally. (It was worth it. Except for the hill that it’s on.)

Quote of the run: “We may have only run 9 miles, but we put in the effort of 12 miles.”

Back from the dead

Start time: 9/15/2013, 6:13am
Location: National Mall, 7th St, Bloomingdale, H Street NE, Navy Yard
Distance: 9.17 miles
Average pace: 10:54min/mile
Total Miles For September: 21 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 551 miles
Current Shoes: 145 miles

Well, since my last run… I’ve been sick. I came down with a cold on Friday, and it progressed badly enough that by Saturday afternoon I had to admit defeat and scratch my participation in Nations Tri. *sigh* It took a full week to get better, but this Friday was the first day where I was Day/NyQuil-free.

Anyway, John and Stephanie were running their 22-miler today, so Ben and I joined them for a portion of the run. The plan was to run 8 miles with them, but there was a slight miscalculation in distance. Still, it was done at a nice slow and steady pace (what with them having 22 miles ahead of them!), and the weather was amazing. Crisp and cool, a gorgeous 57 degrees. A perfect way to come back to running once more after 11 days off.

Catching Up (Again)

Start time: 8/10/2013, 6:08am
Location: National Mall, Hains Point, Capitol Hill
Distance: 9 miles
Average pace: 10:43min/mile
Total Miles For August: 37 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 479 miles
Current Shoes: 73 miles

Start time: 8/12/2013, 6:00pm
Location: WSC Silver Spring
Distance: 6 miles
Average pace: 9:27min/mile
Total Miles For August: 43 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 485 miles
Current Shoes: 79 miles

Start time: 8/14/2013, 5:52am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.25 miles
Average pace: 9:59min/mile
Total Miles For August: 49 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 491 miles
Current Shoes: 85 miles

Start time: 8/19/2013, 5:47am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.37 miles
Average pace: 9:49min/mile
Total Miles For August: 55 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 497 miles
Current Shoes: 91 miles

Saturday, Aug 10: Me, John, Stephanie, Ben, and returning to the fold Mark went out for a 9-miler. Ben and Mark cut it a little short (maybe a mile or so) but all in all, an uneventful and pleasant time. And then, with it over, I dashed off to New Jersey for the weekend. Fortunately by car rather than by foot.

Monday, Aug 12: Got home too late to run in the morning, but ran 6 miles w/ Charlie at the gym that evening instead. Ugh, treadmill.

Wednesday, Aug 14: Back to morning runs. Ben and Mark provided welcome company… doubly so because near the end we spotted the crazy guy from a couple of weeks ago, having latched onto someone new. Crazy guy split off from the rest of the group while they were in eyesight and I swear, just from the person he was talking to’s shoulders, I could tell he was relieved. Ha!

Monday, Aug 19: Went on vacation over the weekend and didn’t run a step. So there. Ben, Mark, and Steve were all present. Gorgeous, gorgeous weather. Definitely picked up the pace a bit on my opening/ending miles (8:17, 8:29, and ~8:07avg for the last third of a mile) in part because of the weather and partially trying to push myself a bit.

Accidental 9

Start time: 6/8/2013, 6:00am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 9 miles
Average pace: 10:31min/mile
Total Miles For June: 25 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 289 miles
Current Shoes: 188 miles

Well, we meant to run 8 miles this morning… but our route went a little awry and we ended up with a 9-miler. Which was fine by me! 🙂

Catching up

Start time: 4/27/13, 7:00am
Location: National Mall, Mt. Vernon Trail, Georgetown
Distance: 9 miles
Average pace: 10:13min/mile
Total Miles For April: 66 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 212 miles
Current Shoes: 111 miles

Start time: 4/29/13, 5:46am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 4 miles
Average pace: 9:48min/mile
Total Miles For April: 70 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 216 miles
Current Shoes: 115 miles

Start time: 5/1/13, 5:48am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.25 miles
Average pace: 9:09min/mile
Total Miles For May: 6 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 222 miles
Current Shoes: 121 miles

Start time: 5/3/13, 8:30am
Location: WSC Silver Spring
Distance: 3 miles
Average pace: 8:57min/mile
Total Miles For May: 9 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 225 miles
Current Shoes: 124 miles

Start time: 5/5/13, 8:00am
Location: National Mall, SW Waterfront, Tidal Basin, LBJ Park, Mt. Vernon Trail
Distance: 9.53 miles
Average pace: 9:46min/mile
Total Miles For May: 18 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 234 miles
Current Shoes: 133 miles

Saturday, 4/27: Nice jaunt over the bridge to Mt. Vernon Trail, then all the way up to Key Bridge and heading back via Rock Creek. The inevitable “we’re running down M Street faster than you can normally drive it” jokes were made.

Monday, 4/29: Wet and rainy and miserable, so much that there was a unanimous “I’m fine with cutting this run short” decision made by all three of us.

Wednesday, 5/1: Steve and I were clearly feeling a little zippy after Monday’s shortened run.

Friday, 5/3: Went to the gym before heading out of town and as part of the workout picked up three on the (ugh) treadmill.

Sunday, 5/5: Steve ended up having to miss Saturday’s run so we picked up a 9.5 miler together, which worked out really well. Had to adjust a few times to avoid the Race for Hope 5K course but that was part of the fun, just making up the route as we ran.


Half of 18

Start time: 12/1/12, 6:30am
Location: National Mall, Shaw, LeDroit Park, Navy Yard
Distance: 9 miles
Average pace: 10:41min/mile
Total Miles For December: 9 miles
Total Miles For 2012: 580 miles
Current Shoes: 120 miles

Ran the first half of Steve’s 18-miler with him and John, before trading off with Ben and Stephanie. I’m glad I wasn’t running the whole thing; it got suddenly very foggy and clammy about three-quarters of the way through our portion. Bleah.

Another week of catch-up

Start time: 11/15/11, 5:46am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.13 miles
Average pace: 9:28min/mile

Start time: 11/17/11, 5:46am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.17 miles
Average pace: 9:35min/mile

Start time: 11/19/11, 7:31am
Location: Takoma Park, Sligo Creek Park
Distance: 9 miles
Average pace: 10:46min/mile
Total Miles For November: 60 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 626 miles
Current Shoes: 167 miles

“Let’s see if, when I get home and download the stuff off my watch, I actually remember to update.”

Well, now we know the answer: Nope! But in general, I’m enjoying adding on the extra mile at the end of Tues/Thurs; it means I sandwich my run with the guys with miles on my own, and it’s good to be able to speed up at the end of the run.

Tuesday: A surprise appearance by Bill, and a lovely warm day, but not too warm. (9:04, 9:29, 10:09, 9:46, 10:01, 8:26, 1:02)

Thursday: Back to brisk weather — it was actually the warmest that day when we began, and then dropped temperature for the rest of the day — but another good run. (8:41, 9:40, 10:07, 10:25, 9:58, 8:46, 1:30)

Saturday: Ben and John came up to my place and we ran through Takoma Park, then up Sligo Creek. Gorgeous fall day, just the right weather. Wish more of the leaves were still on the trees, but you can’t have everything. A little slower than normal but ti was a low-key, relaxed run. (10:45, 11:00, 11:46, 10:46, 10:58, 10:18, 10:36, 10:13, 10:32)